Former tithe barn, now converted
Padbury shown within Buckinghamshire
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The village name is Old English in origin, and means 'Padda's fortress'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was recorded as Pateberie. The Manor of Padbury was exchanged, around the time of the Norman Conquest, for the Manor of Iver between Robert Doyley and Robert Clarenbold of the Marsh.
The village had the distinction in Domesday as being one of the few villages in the country still owned by a native rather than a Norman family. It remained in this family (who later took the name 'de Wolverton' after the village of Wolverton) until 1442 when it was sold to All Souls College, Oxford.
During the English Civil War Padbury was the site of a skirmish between the Royalist and Parliamentarian forces. The Royalists won on this occasion, and the burial of eight Parliamentarian soldiers is recorded in the village's burial register for July 2, 1643.
In December 2014 a hoard of 5,251½ coins from the late Anglo Saxon period was found in a field at Lenborough near Padbury by metal detectorists, and included what would have been originally mint condition specimens. Examples depicted the heads of the Kings Æthelred the Unready and Cnut the Great and had originally been deposited within a lead container; they were sent to the British Museum for evaluation and conservation.
Padbury Church of England School is a mixed Church of England primary school. It is a voluntary controlled school, which takes children from the age of four through to the age of ten. The school has approximately 70 pupils.
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
- Thousands of ancient coins discovered in Buckinghamshire field BBC News online, Accessed 2 January 2015
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